How to Open Your Favorite Program or Document Automatically at Startup


I frequently advise PC users that they have too many programs running at start up. However, there are also times when you have a favorite program or document or even folder that you want to open whenever you log on. There are several ways to do this but the simplest is to use the Windows system folder named "Startup". Shortcuts to programs, folders, or documents can be placed there. These shortcuts will then be opened when the user logs on. This is a per-user setting with each user account having its own Startup folder. Here is the procedure.

Quick way to open the Startup folder in all current versions of Windows

1.    Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to open the Run box. (Hold down both keys.)
2.    Type and enter “shell:startup” (without quotes and with no spaces). Be sure to include the colon.
3.    Click “OK”.

The Startup menu will open.

How to place shortcuts in the Startup folder

Now use the right-click to drag the desired program file, folder, or document into the Startup folder and choose “Create shortcuts here” from the context menu.

That’s it. Close the Startup folder, log off and then back on and watch your desired objects open.

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